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Optimal Experience: Psychological Studies of Flow in Consciousness

Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly, & Csikszentmihalyi, Isabella Selega (Eds.)

 The senior editor is well-known for his studies of the "flow" experience, and in this work presents an interdisciplinary anthology of some of the most stimulating con- ceptual extensions of the original flow model together with a selection from the research that in the past decade has rounded out our understanding of the conditions that make an enjoyable life possible" (p. 14). The experience of flow could be considered a peak. The four parts of the book and the number of chapters in each are "A Theoretical Model of Optimal Experience" (4), "Varieties of the Flow Experience" (6), "Flow as a Way of Life" (4), and "The Measurement of Flow in Everyday Life" (8). The last essay may be the most interesting¯in it Csikszentmihalyi discusses "the future of flow."
Publisher Information:New York: Cambridge University Press, 1988. Bibl; 28 figs; Name Index; Subject Index; 35 tables
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